Healthy alternatives to ice cream

Healthy alternatives to ice cream

July is National Ice Cream Month, and the timing couldn't be more perfect. Few things are as satisfying as eating a cold treat on a sizzling summer day. And while a heaping bowl of ice cream may seem like just what the doctor ordered when it's hot out, it's also full of calories and sugar.

If you're in search of a healthy ice cream substitute, here are some frosty desserts that just might satisfy your summer sweet tooth:

Strawberry coconut milk ice cream. Don't make the mistake of thinking you need an expensive ice cream maker to make ice cream. This vegan recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker, and it tastes great too!

Vegan avocado frozen yogurt. If you think avocados and ice cream don't go together, think again. This cold, creamy combination is just as tasty as it is healthy.

Berry yogurt popsicles. Blend up some Greek yogurt, a little honey and your favorite berries. Then pour the mixture into ice trays, insert some toothpicks and freeze for a healthy, frozen treat.

Protein shake. Blend up some Greek yogurt, a scoop of protein powder and a little flavoring, and you've got a dairy-free milkshake alternative.

Vegan chocolate shake. Drink up the health benefits of this deceptively delicious shake made from healthy, all-natural ingredients. It's perfect for cooling down after a workout or serving to kids as a sweet treat.

Frozen Greek yogurt. While Greek yogurt is a key ingredient in many healthy ice cream recipes, it also tastes great on its own. Put a cup of it in the freezer, then thaw it a bit before serving. It'll mimic the taste and texture of ice cream, and there's virtually no prep required.

Homemade ice cream. Skip the freezer aisle and make your own ice cream. That way, you'll have more control over the ingredients and will be able to substitute healthy ingredient alternatives, if desired.

If you're in a time crunch and can't whip up your own frozen snack, store-bought sorbets, sherbets and fat-free frozen yogurts generally contain more health benefits than ice cream. 

If you’d like to learn more about specific ways you can make your diet healthier, consult a nutrition specialist at Goshen Health.

Posted: 7/11/2016 by Goshen Health
Filed under: healthy eating, nutrition

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